THE GREAT GATSBY
The modern age began in 1915 and ended around the year 1946. During that time
American Literature changed in many ways. A lot of the changes were due to the impact of
World War I. To truly appreciate literature written during this era you must understand the
nation's involvement in the war.
Before World War I began the mood of the American society was confident and
optimistic, but when hundreds of thousands of
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affluent characters portrayed in the The Great Gatsby were derived from Fitzgerald's own life and
that of his wife and friends. However, they reflect only one side of a writer whose second and
final decade of work portrayed a life marred by alcoholism and financial difficulties, troubled by
lost love, and frustrated by lack of inspiration. Much like his personal experiences, Fitzgerald's
works mirror the headiness, ambition, despair, and disillusionment of America in his lifetime.